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Brookhaven group sets out to maintain, improve parks
by Christine Fonville
December 17, 2013 11:43 AM | 2455 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, PARC of Brookhaven organizers Chad Boles, Mary Ann Kelly, Griff Sims, and Karen Whitehead.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, PARC of Brookhaven organizers Chad Boles, Mary Ann Kelly, Griff Sims, and Karen Whitehead.
A new citizen-organized group has formed to promote and maintain parks in Brookhaven.

The Parks and Recreational Coalition, or PARC, formed after writing a report about the parks and their conditions to the Governor’s Commission Park Advisory Committee about a year ago.

“As individuals, we were participating in clean-up days, planting and maintaining the parks we represented, but after we all came together to work on the report, we realized we each had the same goals and kept in touch,” said Wayne Fell, a member of the Friends of Lynwood Park committee.

The group works together to improve all parks in Brookhaven while still being involved on local boards for individual parks in the area.

“PARC was formed so we could communicate with each other and share common wants and desires for our parks,” said Murphey Candler Park Conservancy board member Karen Whitehead. “Coming together as a larger, collaborative effort has helped us all to do more in our parks.”

The coalition members said they hope to become a common platform for area residents to discuss what Brookhaven citizens want for their parks and to communicate those desires to city officials.

In a recent meeting with Mayor J. Max Davis and City Manager Marie Garrett, the representatives of the organization were informed about the proposed comprehensive parks and recreation plan and the hiring of a new parks and recreation director.

“We’re very excited that the city has announced a parks and recreation director and our organization wants to work with that person to help anyway we can,” said Friends of Brookhaven Park board member Mike Elliot.

DeKalb County was responsible for maintaining parks, however since Brookhaven’s inception as a city last year, the coalition said improvements have already been made.

“We’re seeing the grass being cut more frequently and just better upkeep all around,” Whitehead said.

Overall, the organization said the formation of PARC is a great opportunity to see common interests for a better Brookhaven realized.

“Our group aims to unite the diverse interests of Brookhaven and expand park and recreational benefits for all citizens,” Elliot said.

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